Tuesday, May 18, 2010

About Rejections (Part 9 of 9)

Rather than moaning about rejections, I wanted to offer a few suggestions to beat the odds.

1. Make sure your writing deserves publication. This is an on-the-job training field. You grow as you write and publish more. Join an editing group. Pay a professional critique service to read and assess your material. Some material just isn’t publishable no matter how hard you choose to work at it.

2. Resist the temptation to ask editors for a critique. Most editors don’t have time. If you interrupt their work, they’re likely to remember you—and turn down anything you send. Don’t call editors and demand to know why they rejected your manuscript. (Yes, a few writers do such things, but some drivers text while they're in traffic.)

3. Be patient. Persist. Those who succeed in the writing business are those who keep at it for years, despite rejections and setbacks. Keep writing—and keep trying to improve. Read books about writing. Attend writers’ conferences. I know stories of people who went four years or longer before getting an acceptance. But in the meantime, they learned.

4. If an editor rejects the material but says positive or encouraging things, send that editor something else. If he/she says the piece came close, consider rewriting it and sending in the rewrite.

Rejections are part of the business of writing, but they're only part of the business.


  1. Hi I am new to writer to writer and I hope it is not a sign that the first blog topic is "rejectons" lol I am excited to be here and I hope to glen as much as I can to be a good writer.

  2. I truly have enjoyed this series Cec! Can't wait to find out what your next topic will be.


  3. Thanks Cec,
    I thought eight rejections for me was the limit. After over 250 rounds of self editing and three rounds with a professional editor. I limited the work of the editor to correct the writing mechanics, grammar,word used, etc, and I take care the creativity part of the writing. Well the project is going to the publisher in July 2010. After three years, 9 months of writing the first draft and 2.5 years of editing, the project is coming out in the open. Thank you. Thank you.
    PS: You gave valuable comments on this project during the 2007 Wheaton writers conference.


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